Opened in October 2019, Garam Auction sells art works old and new. With the largest scale building among the competitors in the market, Garam is the sole auction house that offers real time appraisal. In an effort to blow vigor into the hard hit art market due to the spread of COVID 19, the Garam headquarters in Gumi City holds a special exhibition from April 18. 100 works of Inchul Hwang, famous for abstract sculptures, alongside 10 large sized works of artist Yoonki Park are to be displayed at the exhibition.
Hwang was born in Haman County in 1952, studied at Masan Middle and High Schools, majored in art crafts at Chung-Ang University, obtained a master’s degree at Hongik University Graduate School of Industrial Art and completed a doctor’s course at Dankook University Graduate School of Plastic Arts.
He has held 19 solo exhibitions at Seoul, New York, Paris and Fukuoka as well as 2 joint exhibitions and has been invited to around 350 group exhibitions and art fairs home and abroad and won a number of prizes including the 17th Gyeonggi Art Awards.
He also has served a judge for numerous art competitions and the committee chairman of the Millennium International Art Fair in 1999 and of the 2002 Anseong International Art Festival. Currently, he is serving as a professor at Chung-Ang University and a board member of a number of art associations.
Yoonki Park has held 3 solo exhibitions and been invited to numerous group exhibitions home and abroad including France. He also has won a number of prizes at a number of competitions and exhibitions including the 2020 International Modern Art Exhibition and the Piccadilly International Art Exhibition.
The special exhibition
The special exhibition held at Garam Auction from April 18 will also display 100 porcelain works including Goryeo celadon, Joseon white porcelain and Silla earthenware. All of them are genuine and come with appraisal statement. Most works displayed at the exhibition will be auctioned.
|▲ Inchul Hwang|
Hwang is famous for realizing vitality with his own sculptural language themed on life, formation and ecology. With his unsparing love of nature and objects, he transmits his emotions to trees, stones and metal. He also crosses back and forth between crafts and sculpture to give a unique feel to his works.
Art critic Gwangjin Choi said “Hwang takes eternity of life as his main subject. By using bronze, he extracts primitive forms of life resides within the surface of visible complexity. He is consistent in turning the forms abstract and it shows maternity images that bear new lives.”
<Standing Eye>, the 8 meter high sculpture erected in front of the Prosecution Service building in Seoul, is his representative work. The eye watches and checks injustice and it is embraced by the two hands on both sides.
<Light of Hope>, the 15 meter high sculpture in Cheonggye Stream, on the other hand, is emphasized with lines and it gives different impressions from where we watch it.
Also, <Earl, Him, Bit> - soul, power, light -, the 11 meter high sculpture in Meeting Plaza, Changwon City, South Gyeongsang Province, is praised for mixed elements of history, tradition and enterprising spirit.
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